Our efforts stem from the recognition that the strength of the Constitution as it once was (and will be again!) is in balancing power against power, and ambition against ambition. Great words on parchment matter, but words must be backed by institutional power to have lasting effect.
The Compact for a Balanced Budget commits each member state to the entire amendment process in turn-key fashion. Our most recent state - Arizona - is not only applying for an Article V convention (when 33 more states join). It has designated its delegates and the governing convention rules. And, like Alaska, Georgia, Mississippi and North Dakota, Arizona has also committed to ratifying a specific Balanced Budget Amendment if it is proposed.
A heavy lift still awaits. But if you measure success by proximity to a ratified amendment, our approach is the furthest along. There is every reason to believe in our ultimate success. As you'll see, Compact for America has pulled together the best team in the public policy business to fight the biggest fight - nothing short of restoring powerful state and local institutions to once again serve as a real check and balance on federal power.
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Introducing the CFALive Podcast Series!
Our work and accomplishments went well beyond Washington, DC. We also launched our new CFALive Podcast Series bringing in top national experts to share their knowledge in a unique format: a short analysis of the issues central to the Compact for America initiative.
In this short CFA-Live podcast interview, Cato Institute Constitutional Expert and Compact for America Council of Scholars member Ilya Shapiro answered the question: "What Good is an Article V Convention and Why Use an Interstate Compact?"
Compact for America Action board member, constitutional scholar, Navy SEAL swim trainer, and talk radio co-host, Jeff Utsch talked about how the Founders expected us to use the tools they gave us in the Constitution to keep our Republic.
Compact for America CEO Chip DeMoss (also a CPA) explained how the Balanced Budget Amendment at the heart of the Balanced Budget Compact provides the enforcement mechanism to reach the balanced budget promised by President Trump's latest budget proposal.
We also published our 17th policy report (not bad for an organization in business for little more than 3 years). In it, economist and fiscal policy expert Dr. Byron Schlomach explained why it is not an accident that the Balanced Budget Compact's amendment is the only Balanced Budget Amendment that has garnered ratification commitments from any state, let alone the five member states of the Balanced Budget Compact.
And please let us know if you can help the Balanced Budget Compact Commission with the introduction of the Balanced Budget Compact legislation in your state or encouraging your congressman or U.S. Senator to partner with the states on the effort!